Education for Sustainable Development: Teaching and Learning Social Design with ICT
Wednesday, June 27 12:00-12:20 PM Location: De Wallen
Presider: Ellen Taricani, Penn State University, United States
Abstract: In year 2015, the United Nation has adopted the agenda for Sustainable Development Goals 2030. The SDGs consist of 17 goals including ending poverty, and climate change. Also, sustainable society considers not only the happiness of current generation but also that of the future generation which is reflected in the agenda. In addition, social design is an emerging field which aims to solve social issues using design and design thinking. Iinuma (2014) defines social design as idea, process, technology as well as new business and social system that support to create a sustainable society. Recently in Japan, ideas of social design is being adapted to achieve SDGs. For example, Japan Management of Technology Association (MOT), an association composed of business leaders, academics and connected to government officials in 2017 launched a social design research group as a new way to create sustainable society. In order to achieve the SDGs, collaboration among government, NGO/NPO, civil society, and individual is crucial for success. The role of educational institution is also imperative in such collaboration. Educators as well need to start thinking of how to effectively develop and implement a new type of education that matches today`s global need. This paper shows a case study of teaching and learning social design with ICT; education for sustainable development, in a Japanese university setting.